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  • gm280 commented on evanandkatelyn's instructable Twisted Wood Veneer Art13 hours ago
    Twisted Wood Veneer Art

    Interesting idea. The only think I would have changed would have been painting the plywood backing first so the twisted veneer would have showed up better. But nice project either way. You could have used Kreg Pocket Hole screws to make all the corners. Just a suggestion. They hold extremely tight.

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  • gm280 commented on The Shop Teacher's instructable Branding Iron1 day ago
    Branding Iron

    I do like it. But I was really hoping for a way to make such a burn stamp without a CNC cutter. Anyway, obviously well done.

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  • Stop Getting Ripped Off by Propane Exchanges.

    Yes, you covered all that pretty well. You do know that ten years is the limit on the first tank certification date. However, it can be recertified for an addition ten years (you may want to check that time limit, I could have the length wrong) but with that stated, you can still use your tank even after the FIRST date. We have a local hardware store that fills tanks, but does it the fair right way. They only charge for what you refilled to. In other words, if your tank is 1/4 full, you can have it filled to the top (sore a speak) for 75% of a total refill cost.

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  • gm280 commented on fixthisbuildthat's instructable 6 Easy Steps to Make Drawers1 day ago
    6 Easy Steps to Make Drawers

    Nice project. And pocket screws are extremely tight joints as well. However I still like using finger joints and dado the bottom to slide in the drawer bottom. But one isn't any better then the next. JMHO

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  • Small Component Storage From Ariel 3 in 1 Wash Pods Box

    Nice idea to sort electronic components. I actually did something close but not as good. I sorted my very large assortment of resistors in little zip lock bags 2" x 3" and printed out the value and the color code of the resistor value in each bag. But I haven't set up the easy to read setup like you've done. I may have to look into doing that as well. And also all my other over flowing electronic parts. Bravo sir, Bravo!

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  • Fix an Air Compressor Regulator for Under $10.

    Looks like you fixed it. If you couldn't repair it, they sell regulators everywhere that would have allowed you to replace it and make the compressor work again. But your idea works as well. Nice repair.

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  • gm280 commented on DuralM's instructable Huge Aluminum Casting. Hanger5 days ago
    Huge Aluminum Casting. Hanger

    Well that's as good an answer as any. I like your video and contemplation doing the same one day as well. I have the material, just so many other projects going on presently. I need to make "green sand" and a proper foundry container with the fireproof walls and of course the burner setup. Any chance you can post those things as well?

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  • gm280 commented on DuralM's instructable Huge Aluminum Casting. Hanger6 days ago
    Huge Aluminum Casting. Hanger

    I understand the casting part, but why a hanger?

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  • gm280 commented on dave.vaness.79's instructable Bird Cabin7 days ago
    Bird Cabin

    Nice design. I like the wood block cabin idea and look. You do need to put something over the very peak to keep rain out though. And does the dye you use have any problems with the birds? IDK, I'm just asking.

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  • gm280 commented on Tsanabe's instructable Stinging Nettle Soup10 days ago
    Stinging Nettle Soup

    I honestly have to say, that with the possibilities of picking the wrong vegetation and cause some serious problems,I'll pass on this soup. But if you know your plants and feel safe making this, have at it.

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  • gm280 commented on EarphoneDIYLabs's instructable Build a Hi-Fi Headphone From Scratch11 days ago
    Build a Hi-Fi Headphone From Scratch

    I wish there was some way to actually hear those headphones. I like Koss Portapros. They have got to be the best headphones I've ever heard. So yours would have to be equal or better to make me want to duplicate your efforts. Not saying your don't do that. But without hearing them, I can't tell. I probably got at least ten different pairs of headphones and if I want to hear seriously quality music, it is the Koss Portapros every time. Nice project and I maybe tempted to make a set and see.

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  • gm280 commented on brownewepr's instructable Cardboard Pen13 days ago
    Cardboard Pen

    I've turn tons of pens and pencils, even some using rattle snake skins and deer antler. Those were the hardest material I ever worked with. One wrong move and it all over, all over the entire shop. I have a few suggestions to help with this cardboard material. How about taking the epoxy glues and after mixing them, add in some rubbing alcohol. This thins the epoxy without harming the curing process. But it allows the epoxy to become more like water and should assist in getting the watery epoxy into the cardboard easier. And do each piece on its own before gluing/building up the blanks. That should solve the empty voids in the cardboard. Just and idea. Nice project using cardboard. You could even dye the epoxy for the different pieces to make it that much different. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Fizzle Loop Synth - 555 Timer14 days ago
    Fizzle Loop Synth - 555 Timer

    Nice build and interesting project, honestly!. But I have to say, a 12 gauge would take care of that in short order if somebody else was playing with it in ear shot.

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  • gm280 commented on John deCaux's instructable How to Build a Bee Vacuum17 days ago
    How to Build a Bee Vacuum

    I realize honey bees are a commodity. But me, and bees in general, don't mix. I've had my share of bee stings in my life time. And if I never ever get stung again, it won't spoil my day. Nice project to save those bees.

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  • gm280 commented on John deCaux's instructable How to Smoke a Whole Duck20 days ago
    How to Smoke a Whole Duck

    Aren't they hard to roll? Okay, just a little joke there. It looks good. How could anybody not like it?

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  • gm280 commented on evanandkatelyn's instructable T-Track Clamp CNC Upgrade20 days ago
    T-Track Clamp CNC Upgrade

    Nice concept. I have two ideas to maybe help you out. First, buy a LASER light for your chop saw. They are simple to add on and will show you exactly where the saw blade will cut. I've installed one on my DeWalt 12" Compound chop saw and it increases the cut rates. Second, is you slotted the wood "L" attachments, then you can slide them and even catch more threaded holes you already have in the base plate. And being slotted, you can also use them to hold non-square items to machine. Otherwise nice ideas...

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  • gm280 commented on Jule's instructable Restore an Old Hunting Pocket Knife23 days ago
    Restore an Old Hunting Pocket Knife

    Nice project and it looks good to me. I love it when people refurbish old items like this and make them near new and usable again. Bravo sir, Bravo.

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  • Laser Cut Algebra Balance - Teaching Tool

    Not sure what grades you are teaching, but are you sure they can grasp the concept? Seems a little convoluted to me.. Interesting, but still hard to simply grasp.

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  • Forged Damascus Steel Pocket Knife W/ Common Tools!!!

    There is no better knife in the world then the one you make yourself. Nice knife and you should be proud of it.

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  • gm280 commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable Yummy Fried Shrimp4 weeks ago
    Yummy Fried Shrimp

    I have to say, they look amazing. And if you would like to send me a dozen or three, I could find out for myself as well. Let me know if you need my address. :-)

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  • gm280 commented on Rzooq's instructable Oil FIlter Cutter4 weeks ago
    Oil FIlter Cutter

    I totally understand what you made and I think it is a clever idea and construction. However, why cut used oil filter apart anyways. Seems a really messy job, and I honestly can't think of any good reason myself.

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  • Potato Battery: Understanding Chemical and Electrical Energy

    First let me say thank you for this post. Although this has been done a few times with potatoes and a multitude of other food items, it is always great to see it again. This will pike the interest in some new students to try and make this and that is the beginning of more electronic students. So you never know, you could have started a whole new class full of new technicians...and that is always a great thing. Bravo sir, Bravo.

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  • gm280 commented on gravitino's instructable Barncaster Electric Guitar5 weeks ago
    Barncaster Electric Guitar

    Nice project. While I am more of a traditionalist in the looks and finish, I do know the labor of love it took to build such a guitar. I too play and plan to built at least a few myself. I purchased a kit and will make others after I get that kit finished. It is a copy of a Les Paul. I always like that design and so I have to build one. I also have four older amps that will get refurbished as well. One is a MusicMan tube head unit.

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  • gm280 commented on JeremySCook's instructable Twin Bed With Optional CNC Engraving5 weeks ago
    Twin Bed With Optional CNC Engraving

    Nice build. And it will be with you for generations. Way better then some flimsy store bought unit. 2 x 4 constructions makes for really solid builds. And with the rustic look, is perfect as well.

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  • How to Make the Perfect Steak (Steak Frites)

    I will say there are so many ways to accomplish a great steak. I also use a 1" thick rib-eye. No other reason to fire up the grill otherwise. But if you need any steak sauce, you are not cooking or seasoning your steak right. Of course this is just my opinion. I love a medium steak without any condiment like sauces.

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  • gm280 commented on ToolboxDivas's instructable Elegant DIY Tufted Bench6 weeks ago
    Elegant DIY Tufted Bench

    Very nice project. I applaud you for posting it. I get the feeling you've been working with wood for some time. I did like the Kreg vice grip tool to hold the pieces in position as you drove the screws in place. You should be proud!

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  • gm280 commented on CarS3's instructable Antique Pallet Wood Americian Flag6 weeks ago
     Antique Pallet Wood Americian Flag

    How can anybody not like your project. Bravo sir, Bravo. Salute!

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  • Trailer Swing-away Jockey Wheel Mounting Bracket.

    Nice setup. That will be there forever. I did something about the same when I rebuilt my trailer. Except I welded the jack on to the trailer frame like this.

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  • gm280 commented on mxx's instructable Unclogging Rust-Oleum Nozzle6 weeks ago
    Unclogging Rust-Oleum Nozzle

    I am sure that works also. If you want another way, remove the spray tip and get some carb cleaner and spray through the tip, problem solved. And if you need a really small item to poke through the clogged tip, use one strand of any stranded wire (14 or 16 gauge) and it will help clean out the tip without damaging it. I'll have to try your idea and see how that works.

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  • gm280 commented on TheGeekGroupNSI's instructable Air Quality Classroom Experiment7 weeks ago
    Air Quality Classroom Experiment

    In our area with spring showing up early the pollen is through the roof. I bet the pollen alone would cover one of these air pollutant cards. Nice way to show the students what they are breathing.

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  • gm280 commented on Josehf Murchison's instructable Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs7 weeks ago
    Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

    Never eaten Spaghetti Squash, but it looks very good. If you would like to send me some to try, I can them enjoy it...I mean evaluate it to offer a complete and proper comment. Let me know if you need my address...

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  • gm280 commented on diymontreal's instructable Reclaimed Wood Storage Chest7 weeks ago
    Reclaimed Wood Storage Chest

    Bravo on your project. And I also applaud you on using reclaimed wood. A lot of people have no idea that even used lumber can be reused to make most anything. A friend of mine had a century old house that was being refurbished. And I asked him if I could take a few of the old 2x4's. He said yea, take some. There were very hard heart pine. Amazing how solid they were and strong. Very nice wood and actually 2" by 4" instead of 1 1/2" by 3 1/2" like we get now. Old lumber is great lumber and can be resawn or shaped or planed to built all types of projects. Thumbs Up on a very nice project.

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  • gm280 commented on JonLee48's instructable Build a Warped Box!7 weeks ago
    Build a Warped Box!

    Nice well thought out project. Some times people don't understand how much planning is involved to make things look simple. You did a very nice project. Bravo sir, Bravo.

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  • gm280 commented on elevation's instructable Guitar Pedal8 weeks ago
    Guitar Pedal

    Let me see if I have this correct. Your project is merely how to install your own guitar pedal circuit into a box? Is that correct? Because I didn't see any schematic diagram for the circuit otherwise.

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  • How to Make a Automatic 12v Battery Charger

    Nice project. My only question is, why did you put this in the art category? Woudn't this fit better in the electronics section?

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  • gm280 commented on lmander's instructable Fire Extinguisher Inspection2 months ago
    Fire Extinguisher Inspection

    Yes we all walk by fire extingishers daily and usually never give them a second thought. I am presently looking to replace a few of ours now. I have to ask, why is there a zip tie on the removeable pin in one of the pictures? Doesn't that keep it from being used readily? I would certainly remove that zip tie at once.

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  • gm280 commented on dekeros's instructable Pallet Wood Mini Speakers2 months ago
    Pallet Wood Mini Speakers

    Nice project. And I bet they sound amazing as well.

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  • gm280 commented on OrangeT2's instructable How to Make a 3D Paper Origami Swan2 months ago
    How to Make a 3D Paper Origami Swan

    Not sure where you learned how to make this, or if you even designed it up yourself, but that is an amazing feat to see. Very nice project.

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  • Restore Rusty Wood Slide Clamps With Sandpaper & Grease

    I do something similar. If you remove the pin at the end of the rod, you can take the clamp apart and that makes it so much easier to clean and polish. I usually use a wire wheel on a bench type grinder setup and it removes rust, old glues and everything. Then you can either use grease or even some paste type wax to keep them rust and glue free. Nice project you posted. Bravo sir Bravo.

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  • gm280 commented on KenS12's instructable Eureka Puzzle2 months ago
    Eureka Puzzle

    I really like these type of puzzles and would sit there and work with it until I solved it. But instead I always look a the solution not having one here to play with. Nice project!

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  • Convert Airplane Noise Cancelling Headphones to Stereo Headphones

    You're close with your concept of how it works. It actually doesn't record anything. But what it does is hears the ambient noise via little microphones and just inverses it to add to the music or what every you are listening to. It can even just provide the inverse noise without any music playing. And therefore the nosie you hears is canceled with the inverse nulling out the noise at the same time. Usually it works pretty good. But don't think it removes all background noise. It can't do that, but it come close. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Impossible Lock in Wood2 months ago
    Impossible Lock in Wood

    I realize what you did here. But it really isn't a puzzle at all. Meaning you can't take the lock out of the wood after you finish making it. So while nice to look at. It doesn't constitue a puzzle in my opinion.

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  • gm280 commented on How to Knot's instructable How to Tie an Angler's Loop2 months ago
    How to Tie an Angler's Loop

    I enjoy watching people tie different knots and the they look pretty easy to duplicate. My problem is, there are so many, I forget which knot is which when thinking about tying them. So I go to my usual and they work for me all the time. Why types they are is anybody's guess.

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  • Scracht Built Launcher Controller for Pyro Rockets

    Bravo, who doesn't like model rockets. I like the Estes versions better then water types as well. And I am working on a remote control launch type system. I've built wired setups pretty much like yours. But I was to try my hand a wireless setup. Good project you made all the same.

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  • gm280 commented on bcb10's instructable ATTiny EMF Detector2 months ago
    ATTiny EMF Detector

    Have you figured out how long it will run on that one button battery? Just wondering.

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  • gm280 commented on kevincarruthers's instructable Cedar Flower Box2 months ago
    Cedar Flower Box

    During my early wood shop class school days, I made a very similar flower box. And while it looks simple, every cut on my flower box has some type bevel. And the corners were even multiple bevels, as was the very bottom too. It came out great and got me an A+ in the class. But looking back, that was the most complicated flower box one could possible pick for a first woodworking project. I didn't have any cleats inside. Only side meeting side, all at angles and 45 degree mating sections...of course as angles. Your project brought back those memories.

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  • gm280 commented on Tim Boyat's instructable CNC Dovetail Joints2 months ago
    CNC Dovetail Joints

    Interesting concept. But knowing how complex it is to precisely set up anything dealing with CNC and knowing that every dovetail joint can be unique in itself, I'll stay with box or finger joints. I can make box joints with either a table saw or router. I also like the looks of both joints, but I really like the box or finger joints the best. JMHO Nice program though. Continue and make it work perfect.

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  • How to Make High Power Led Dimmer+Dc Motor Speed Controller

    Oh yes, a PWM circuit with a 555 timer does it every time. I would use the MOSFET because their on time resistance is way lower then any bipolar transistor. And since the on resistance is so low, it can handle a lot more current without getting too hot as well. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on DonX-Developer's instructable YAPS 750 Power Supply2 months ago
    YAPS 750 Power Supply

    I applaud your interesting project. I did something similar to this when I was still working in an Engineering office/lab. We seem to need different voltages for so many projects but didn't have enough power supplies (variable of course) to cover everybody. So I built a power supply that had basically every voltage we ever would need in both positive and negative outputs and even variable as well. And since I did own a large bed LASER engraver, the front panel looked great. I used the typical LM78XX and LM79XX series voltage regulators for each output, and then the LM317 series for the variable outputs. Worked great. I like the fact that you used what you had without a LASER engrave to make your front panel. That shows initiative and making what you have, work. If you ever need to make ...

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    I applaud your interesting project. I did something similar to this when I was still working in an Engineering office/lab. We seem to need different voltages for so many projects but didn't have enough power supplies (variable of course) to cover everybody. So I built a power supply that had basically every voltage we ever would need in both positive and negative outputs and even variable as well. And since I did own a large bed LASER engraver, the front panel looked great. I used the typical LM78XX and LM79XX series voltage regulators for each output, and then the LM317 series for the variable outputs. Worked great. I like the fact that you used what you had without a LASER engrave to make your front panel. That shows initiative and making what you have, work. If you ever need to make another front panel, you can make your layout and then take it to most any trophy shop and they can LASER engrave your panel in whatever colors you want. Just and Idea. Nice project either way. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on tomasC62's instructable Make Your Own Front Panels2 months ago
    Make Your Own Front Panels

    See if I can explain this better. All a LASER engrave does is burns off what you don't want. In other words the black, in this case, lettering and shapes are just beneath the face color. You buy the LASERable material in whatever color you wish and even select what lettering and shape colors show through. I used this brushed aluminum metal looking face material with a black background. And the LASER burns off the face brushed aluminum metal looking material so you can see the engraved black. You can buy just about an unlimited assortment of panels and background colors. Your imagination is basically your limit. Do a quick search on LASERable material and have a look. And there are tons of places that sell that material. If you want neon green with purple letters and graphic, buy it. Ho...

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    See if I can explain this better. All a LASER engrave does is burns off what you don't want. In other words the black, in this case, lettering and shapes are just beneath the face color. You buy the LASERable material in whatever color you wish and even select what lettering and shape colors show through. I used this brushed aluminum metal looking face material with a black background. And the LASER burns off the face brushed aluminum metal looking material so you can see the engraved black. You can buy just about an unlimited assortment of panels and background colors. Your imagination is basically your limit. Do a quick search on LASERable material and have a look. And there are tons of places that sell that material. If you want neon green with purple letters and graphic, buy it. Hope that helps a little. If you have any more question, please let me know. I don't mine answering if I can.

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  • gm280 commented on Mount Oread's instructable Dryer to Heater 2 months ago
    Dryer to Heater

    Aren't you worried that water and a nice warm environment is a perfect place to grow bacteria? I would be extremely concerned about such a setup personally. But if this works for you, go for it.

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  • gm280 commented on TheresaJ19's instructable Easy Homemade Fire Starters2 months ago
    Easy Homemade Fire Starters

    Exactly what is the coffee grounds for? Seem wood chips or most anything else would suffice. IDK

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  • gm280 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Lathe Drum Sander2 months ago
    Lathe Drum Sander

    Interesting project. I have thought of building such a sander, but a stand alone version. I also thought about using PVC, but you really have to tread slowly truing up PVC. As you stated, PVC is not round, well not perfectly round anyways. So turning it can be tricky and I would think a scraper type tool would work better the a typical lathe cutting tool. I was wondering if a built up wood drum would be a better choice? Especially if you could turn that wood drum on a metal lathe that had a screw feed setup. IDK. Nice project either way.

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  • gm280 commented on androkavo's instructable SMD - Hand Soldering2 months ago
    SMD - Hand Soldering

    You touch on a few really very important things about soldering. And those things are, make absolutely sure the board runs are clean. We use to use an eraser to clean runs and leads as well. Then clean them with alcohol and let them air dry. Then don't touch any of the runs or part leads. Then tin the runners/pads on the board. Now you can tin the leads or make sure they are clean and ready to solder. Positioning the SMD is key to a quality joint. If you can hold the SMD part, the soldering is a breeze. Good project post with instructions. It takes practice, but isn't hard to do once you grasp the concept.

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  • gm280 commented on Bob-Bee's instructable Dark Wash Jeans to Light Wash Jeans3 months ago
    Dark Wash Jeans to Light Wash Jeans

    You do realize that soaking anything in bleach for that long also deteriorates the stitching as well. Just thought you would like to know.

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  • gm280 commented on tomasC62's instructable Make Your Own Front Panels3 months ago
    Make Your Own Front Panels

    John, we do have a large commercial LASER Engraver. And they are pretty expensive. However, the also make smaller desktop version LASER Engravers that would work perfectly for Electronic panel projects. Ours is a lager bed setup. But desktop versions will make pretty nice size panels as well. Here is a recently power supply panel I made. Nothing special, just a nice clean look.

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  • Arduino Color Sorter Project With Pc Control Application

    Nice project. I was wondering how close in shades is this RGB sensor capable of discerning? It always makes me wonder how close colors can be for the microcontroller/code/hardware to differencuaate.

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  • How to Make a Glass Bottle Cutter - DIY Wine Bottle Cutting Tool!

    The trick to cutting any type glass is to initially fracture the glass so it breaks at that fracture. Your project actually does just that. Nice. Oh, and carbide really isn't expensive. It is everywhere these days.

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  • gm280 commented on mr_fid's instructable Yet Another Balancing Robot!3 months ago
    Yet Another Balancing Robot!

    Interesting project. What clock frequency are you using? I ask because if you could increase the operating frequency, you could get it to stabilize with finer increments. And stepper motors with finer step capabilities would also help stabilize it smoother as well. But you've built a great project with such a minuscule microcontroller type setup.

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  • gm280 commented on xxreef's instructable Stable Router Table With Low Cost Wood3 months ago
    Stable Router Table With Low Cost Wood

    Nice project. It looks similar to Norm Abriam's router table he built years ago. I actually built his router table with some mods. Amazing what can be built on a solid router table. Once you build one and use it, you wonder how you did without one.

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  • gm280 commented on tomasC62's instructable Make Your Own Front Panels3 months ago
    Make Your Own Front Panels

    Nice project and idea. I do something similar to that using CorelDraw and make whatever I like. Then I LASER engrave that panel layout and attach to the project box. There is no limit to what you can do and how professional they can look as well. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Born_to_build's instructable 600 Gallons Rainwater Irrigation System3 months ago
    600 Gallons Rainwater Irrigation System

    Nice idea for saving what would be run-off water. I see some people actually bury such things underground and then they are out of sight. But whatever works.

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  • gm280 commented on gauthierlerouzic's instructable DIY Bevel Tool for Jointer/Planer3 months ago
    DIY Bevel Tool for Jointer/Planer

    Okay, that makes a lot more sense to me now. I honestly couldn't grasp what you were trying to do with a jointer and your adapter. However, your idea going through a planter would work very well and a good idea.

    Not sure I follow along with your adapter. Are you sure you are building this for a "Jointer" and not a Planter? IDK

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  • gm280 commented on timpedyllinm's instructable How to Make Eggs3 months ago
    How to Make Eggs

    You have to start some where. And I think you will have more instructables to post as well. Nice simple complete instructions. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on SayantanM4's instructable DIY Relay Board3 months ago
    DIY Relay Board

    I guess I misrepresented my view. Obvious line voltage isn't used in this circuit to energize the relay. However, the relay contacts can be used for any (within its capability of course) AC or DC voltage and that does include typical line voltage. And with a few changes you could use line voltage as well to switch a relay. But that is another circuit design. Sorry some misunderstood what I was trying to convey. I'm sure it was my wording.

    I applaud you for using an opto-isolator in this circuit. That way there is no chance to have line voltages ever get to the controlling signal. I realize you are not using line voltage to energize the relay, but you easily could if you selected such a relay and still use the same setup.

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  • gm280 commented on learnelectronicsyoutube's instructable Make Your Own PCBs With JLCPCB3 months ago
    Make Your Own PCBs With JLCPCB

    When I was still working, we actually did this for our new designs after I prototyped them making my own PC boards. However, the cost really depends on the restate size and what you want on the boards. And if you are only wanting one or two, it really isn't cost effective because the price break usually doesn't start until you get 10 or more. It cost the PCB manufacturers the same for one or ten. And make absolutely sure you don't have any mistakes. Because they don't refund unless it is their mistake. But a good project anyways. It does show a method to make such things.

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  • gm280 commented on panzertractor's instructable Un-Bury a Fig Tree3 months ago
    Un-Bury a Fig Tree

    I never heard of anybody burying their fig trees every year. Isn't there a different way to both protect the tree and not bury it. Maybe you could build a Plexiglas shelter for it and forego the yearly ritual. Just seems like a lot of work.

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  • PIR Light Switch(or Any AC Device) Without Microcontroller

    If you elect to go the +5 VDC route, why not just remove it and both capacitors to save parts count? Just a thought.

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  • 40,000 Rolls of Film Developed From 50 Grams of Phenidone

    I realize what you are doing and talking about. But what are the real benefits over digital photos? Does the film actually have a greater density or resolution? IDK

    I get the distinct feeling you've taken my question the wrong way. I was honestly asking because I didn't know. Not trying to make any other suggestions or comparisons. But I got the answer and am satisfied all the same.

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  • gm280 commented on kannan uday's instructable Voice Activated Home App3 months ago
    Voice Activated Home App

    I applaud you for getting into the nitty gritty of the apps and circuitry to accomplish this. It isn't easy until after you figure it all out. At least that's how I see it. However, be mindful that anything you can do via any over the air situations, can also be hacked as well. So with that in mind, carry on. It sound great.

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  • gm280 commented on Tuomas Soikkeli's instructable Press / Brake and More..3 months ago
    Press / Brake and More..

    Very nice and well thought out project. I have a 20 ton press myself but am presently building a metal finger type brake for it to shape most every type metal I'll ever need. Never stick welded anything...yet. But I MIG weld everything. I do think I could maybe pick up on stick welding, seeing how it work. IDK. Nice build anyway.

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  • Free TV! the Makings of a Frankenstein Antenna

    Bravo sir, Bravo. I just happen to make 5 of those exact same antennas at least a year ago now and am enjoying 25 OTA FREE channels presently. And everyone is broadcast in HDTV format as well. Cost? Maybe a dollar for each antenna. I bought 10 balun transformers for less then $10 dollars delivered. So I am saying about a dollar total cost. Not bad if I say so may self. I dropped cable because I actually received the same stations, but even more of them, then I was paying for. A no brainer for me.

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  • gm280 commented on manroopthind's instructable 555 Timer - Laser Ray3 months ago
    555 Timer - Laser Ray

    Any project using a 555 timer chip has to be good. That is the most useful chip ever made, In my opinion. Nice project!

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  • gm280 commented on In The Kitchen With Matt's instructable Easy Egg Custard3 months ago
    Easy Egg Custard

    You could send some my way so I could try it and then offer a more accurate comment. I'll wait...

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  • gm280 commented on knifemacking's instructable Knife Making-Tanto Knife3 months ago
    Knife Making-Tanto Knife

    Nice build. There is always that special self satisfaction and pride when you make things yourself. Looks really good and I know you will enjoy using it as well. I've built a few myself and know the amount of work involved. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on AGENTREX8739's instructable Diy Poster Tube Rocket3 months ago
    Diy Poster Tube Rocket

    Creativity and ingenuity are the mother of invention. Nice use of otherwise discarded parts. Do post the flight when you do launch it. Thumbs Up!

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  • Make Your Own Connected Heating Thermostat and Make Savings With Heating

    I understand what you built and thoroughly and was wondering, has this actually lived up to the savings you spoke of? I ask because when you allow any heating system to be off for any length of time, when it does turn on, it has a harder time to heat up the air but also all the furniture and everything else in the area. So it seems to be counter productive in some instances. Just wondering if you actually used this and tracked the savings or losses over a long period of time.

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  • gm280 commented on MsMaoMaoz's instructable Evil Snowman3 months ago
    Evil Snowman

    Your transformations still impress me. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on abhilash_patel's instructable Make RC Planes Using A4 Size Papers3 months ago
    Make RC Planes Using A4 Size Papers

    Bravo sir, Bravo. I have flow RC aircraft for years and even taught RC flying to tons of people. If you go with a two channel setup like your first plane using rudder and elevator, you would help it fly better with more wing dihedral to the main wing section. If you go to two channels using ailerons and elevator, you can straighten the wings out some, but only if you know how to already fly RC aircraft. The dihedral helps beginning out a lot. And once you do get the plane built, check both the CG of the plane. It should be around the thickest portion of the main wing. Also check the balance point laterally. Balance it as close to level as you can get. And then weight the aircraft and see what the wing loading is. Nice project however it works out. As with most any sheet material, once y...

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    Bravo sir, Bravo. I have flow RC aircraft for years and even taught RC flying to tons of people. If you go with a two channel setup like your first plane using rudder and elevator, you would help it fly better with more wing dihedral to the main wing section. If you go to two channels using ailerons and elevator, you can straighten the wings out some, but only if you know how to already fly RC aircraft. The dihedral helps beginning out a lot. And once you do get the plane built, check both the CG of the plane. It should be around the thickest portion of the main wing. Also check the balance point laterally. Balance it as close to level as you can get. And then weight the aircraft and see what the wing loading is. Nice project however it works out. As with most any sheet material, once you bend it, it gets more rigid and less flexible. Just physics.. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on fotovidx's instructable DIY 100W Led Flashlight3 months ago
    DIY 100W Led Flashlight

    WOW. Since wattage is voltage times amperage, I can only imaging the battery life isn't very long. If you are powering this with even a 12 volt source, that is well over 8 amps. I can't see any battery delivering that much current for long. Nice project, but it has to eat the power supply up quickly.

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  • gm280 commented on TheNecromancer13's instructable Tubing Roller-Bender From Scratch3 months ago
    Tubing Roller-Bender From Scratch

    Pretty intrgate project I'd say. I would love to see a video on how you use it and it works.

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  • gm280 commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Rebuild a Starter Motor3 months ago
    How to Rebuild a Starter Motor

    I have the little 2.3L inline four. But I will tell you. I have put that little truck and engine through its paces over the years and it has performed spectacularly without exception. I isn't the fast or the quickest on the road. But it does hold it's own. I just installed four new shoes on it and those tires make it drive like new once again. Amazingly solid and sound still. No complaints.

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  • gm280 commented on W4KRL's instructable Dollar Store Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner3 months ago
    Dollar Store Soldering Iron Tip Cleaner

    I have used such soldering tip cleaning devices before. However, I like the sponge method myself. It is a personal preference I guess. But a moist sponge offers a unique situation that the metal cleaners don't. And that is the wet sponge initially cools the soldering tip while cleaning it and that turns on the heater element every time so that when you solder after cleaning the tip, it is on the up heat cycle and offers a better heat transfer. But like I stated. It is more of a personal choice. Your project is well worth the effort to make.

    I have been soldering for well over 40 years and never experienced any such cracking. And I've always used a wet sponge to clean the tip every time before soldering every connection. The NASA micro miniature certification soldering schools I've attended teach the wet sponge technique. So I used it ever since. But there is still nothing wrong with using a copper metal cleaning technique either if you like it and it works for you.

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Display Frame With LED's3 months ago
    Display Frame With LED's

    Nice project. I was really hoping it was a real Luger pistol. But it looks great anyways.

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  • gm280 commented on tomatoskins's instructable Simple Roller Style Rolling Pin3 months ago
    Simple Roller Style Rolling Pin

    Nice project and the angled rolling pin was a nice touch. A simple off set turn gives it a helical look. And walnut and maple always makes for a great contrasting color.

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  • Air Cooled 2 Stroke Cylinder Head Using Shell Casting

    Interesting project. Looks like you modeled it off a Briggs and Stratton style engine.

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  • gm280 commented on parvgupta001's instructable DIY Electric Hand Warmer3 months ago
    DIY Electric Hand Warmer

    I realize you didn't use nichrome wire because of its higher resistance per length. However, resistance, in this particular project, is a good thing. Why? Because a lower resistance requires a higher current draw and will deplete the battery quicker. Secondly, nichrome wire offers higher heat then copper wire. So if you were to rebuild your project using nichrome wire, you could get higher heat output for a longer time. It is how electronics works. JMHO!

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  • gm280 commented on ReconDigital's instructable Custom Pick Up Truck Bed3 months ago
    Custom Pick Up Truck Bed

    I always said, where there is a will, there always is a way. Interesting project. Let us know how it works out over time.

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  • gm280 commented on ArcAiN6's instructable Arduino Based DRO for GRBL CNC Machine3 months ago
    Arduino Based DRO for GRBL CNC Machine

    Interesting. Is this just the read out section or is it an actual working unit connected to your CNC machine. And if it is a working unit prototype, what are you using for the sensors to read the X, Y and Z axis?

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  • gm280 commented on Jake_Makes's instructable Pink Knife (gift Fer' Me Sister)3 months ago
    Pink Knife (gift Fer' Me Sister)

    I always enjoy reading and seeing other people's knife building skills being how I've built a few myself. If you want some high carbon steel to make knifes out of, look at used lawn mower blades. Once their life usage is gone, the center sections make great knifes. I actually use such a wore out blade myself to build one and it came out amazing. Just an idea. Nice knife you built...

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  • gm280 commented on Tsanabe's instructable Flatbed Bicycle Trailer3 months ago
    Flatbed Bicycle Trailer

    Nice usage of discarded items. I've built trailers to pull behind ATV's using bike cycle rims. Amazing how much weight they can support. Only issue I had was when I over loaded the cart, the side forces when turning caught up with me. So bike rims work and can carry an amazing amount of weight. But be careful on side loads when traversing hills or slopes that increase side loading. But I have to say, ingenuity is the mother of invention and the best way to create things. Bravo sir, Bravo.

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